Forensic Services

Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory

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Laboratory Services Guide


In February of 2008, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office entered into a cooperative agreement with Wright and Sherburne Counties to make possible the Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory. This agreement combines the resources of the three counties in order to provide forensic services to the law enforcement community. In July 2014, the laboratory achieved  ISO/IEC 17025:2005 ASCLD/LAB-International Accreditation aiming for completion in early 2014. In addition, through a collaborative agreement with Hamline University, students interested in a career in forensic science can obtain an internship within one of the specific disciplines.

Forensic Services

The Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory offers services to local law enforcement agencies within the counties of Anoka, Sherburne, and Wright in the following forensic disciplines: 

Latent Prints

  • Chemical development of latent prints to include Indanedione, Ninhydrin, and Physical Developer
  • Brush & Powder techniques
  • Enhancement of latent prints in blood
  • Sticky side powder development
  • Cyanoacrylate (Superglue) fuming
  • Alternate Light Source (ALS) examinations
  • Macro photography
  • Ridge detail comparison and identification
  • Midwest Automated Fingerprint Identification Network (MAFIN)
  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS)

Drug Chemistry

  • Confirmatory testing of street drugs
  • Identification of pharmaceutical products
  • Purity determination on cocaine and methamphetamine for Federal charging purposes
  • Weight and quantity determinations
  • Alcohol Testing for blood and urine samples


  • Serology: Identification of biological fluids
    • Human blood, human semen/seminal fluid and saliva
  • Nuclear DNA testing (STRs and Y-STRs) for violent and non-violent crimes
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct
    • Homicides, Death Investigations, Assaults
    • Burglaries, Robberies, Thefts, Vandalism
    • Felony possession of weapons
    • Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
      • Local, State, and National databases
      • Aids in linking forensic biological evidence to convicted offenders, arrestees, other forensic samples, missing persons, unidentified human remains, and biological relatives of missing persons

General Guidelines for Evidence Submission

Evidence Condition: Before evidence is received into the laboratory, it must meet the following criteria:

  • All items of evidence must be individually packaged
  • Each package must be sealed
  • Seals must be initialed and dated across the seal
  • Each package must contain the following:
    • Case number
    • Evidence item number

Evidence Submission: Lockers are provided for evidence submitted by Anoka County Sheriff’s Office personnel only. All other evidence will be accepted in-person between the hours of 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Items Requiring Laboratory Management Approval Prior to Acceptance:

  • Explosives
  • Chemicals
  • Flammable liquids
  • Syringes

Student Internship Program

 For more information on the Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory (TCRFL) Internship Program, click here


Scott Ford
Laboratory Director

Shawn Gallagher
Quality Assurance Manager

Property Room

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory to provide superior forensic science services and technical support to our local community of law enforcement agencies while utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, in addition to presenting objective, unbiased conclusions to the judicial system.